Video: Building for Madiba

The morning after Tata Madiba passed away, 38 volunteers from six different high schools arrived in the Free State town of Philippolis for a planned week of community service.

Philippolis is located in one of South Africa’s so-called “poverty pockets’, and many first-time volunteers experience culture shock.

But Philippolis is a small town that is full of personality, smiles, laughter and community. The spirit here is contagious, and our volunteers left “Phili” with a very different impression from the one they had established in the hours after their arrival. Over the course of the week, the town had changed, but so had they.

Here is what the students had to say: